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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 am

The possibility of rain and a thunderstorm has led Lodi's Liberty High School to move Thursday's graduation.

The alternative high school usually holds its graduation ceremony on the lawn at Hutchins Street Square, where graduates walk across the grass in their light blue caps and gowns. Sometimes the mid-morning ceremony gets a bit warm in the sun.

This year, though, the graduation will be held at Lincoln Technical Academy, 542 E. Pine St. Graduates will have plenty of photo opportunities outside the historic brick school, which was restored a few years ago rather than being razed.

Parking is limited at the school on the corner of Cherokee Lane, so friends and relatives should allow more time to park on surrounding streets and then walk to the school.

Meanwhile, Lodi High School's graduation that evening is still set to be held outdoors. The 7 p.m. ceremony will still go on at the Grape Bowl, said Bill Atterberry, assistant superintendent of secondary education.

Some smaller schools, including Elkhorn Elementary School and Podesta Ranch Elementary School in Stockton, have made plans to move their graduations indoors. They have notified parents of the change.

— News-Sentinel staff

Mokelumne findings presented to public

Earlier this month, members of the public received a report from Lodi High School students who have been monitoring how stormwater runoff is affecting the Mokelumne River, said Kathy Grant in an e-mail.

Grant runs the docent program at Lodi Lake and has worked with the students. They explained the different water quality tests performed each month on the river and the data collected.

One of the main concerns was how lawn care products like crab grass herbicides and fertilizers affect the river.

To learn more about the Storm Drain Detectives program, go to www.lodi.gov/


The students giving the presentation are in biology teacher Melissa Turner's class at Lodi High: Colin Anderson, Dante Banez, Sarah Galloway, Colleen Gibbons, Ashton Gormon, Waleed Khalid and Eryn Warmerdam.

Maggie Creamer

Allegedly drunken driver arrested after pursuit

A 20-year-old Galt man led officers on a brief pursuit before driving on two wheels through a field early Sunday and ultimately being arrested, police said.

Gabriel Manuel Sanchez was ultimately arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and evading police.

At 2:21 a.m. Sunday an officer was driving south on Lincoln Way when a blue Chevrolet Corsica pulled out from a parking space in front of him without its lights on, said Sgt. Chuck Dedriksen. The officer tried to pull the car over but it sped away, made a sudden left on Terrace Lane and sped up to 40 mph.

The car went through a stop sign, then headed south in the northbound lane on Camellia Way, Dedriksen said. When the driver reached a curve, he continued straight through a field. He hit a stump, causing the car to nearly tip over on the driver's side, but it ultimately landed on all four wheels.

Sanchez was arrested at the scene, not far from his own home. His initial blood-alcohol content level measured 0.2 percent, more than twice the legal driving limit for those over the age of 21.

Layla Bohm

Galt files complaint against pot dispensary

The city of Galt filed a complaint in court against a medical marijuana dispensary that opened even though the shops are forbidden under Galt city code.

City Attorney Steve Rudolph confirmed that the city filed a complaint Tuesday morning.

"We are in the process of seeking an appointment with the judge to have a hearing on a request for a temporary restraining order," he said.

Rudolph hopes the city will go before a judge later this week.

The Galt Health & Wellness Center opened on May 18 at 520 Lincoln Way, near the Galt Post Office.

The dispensary is a nonprofit collective, meaning growers sell cannabis to the dispensary which in turn sells it on consignment to patients with a prescription for medical marijuana.

Rudolph met with attorney George Mull, who is representing the dispensary, on Thursday and asked him to shut down immediately, but the dispensary is still operating.

Mull said the dispensary was not aware that Galt adopted a permanent ordinance banning dispensaries, but he believes the shop is on firm legal standing to continue operating.

Maggie Creamer

Bill to benefit veterans passes House

A bill designed to improve medical care for veterans passed in the House on Tuesday.

House Resolution 5145 would encourage medical professionals from the Veterans Administration to participate in continuing education courses in their field of practice by increasing the amount of money the VA will cover for such classes from $1,000 to $1,600.

This will be the first time the reimbursement rate has increased since 1991, according to Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, who authored the bill.

The bill, also known as the Assuring Quality Care for Veterans Act, is supported by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Paralyzed Veterans of America, according to McNerney's office.

HR 5145 has yet to be heard by the Senate.

Ross Farrow

Doug Ose endorses Tony Amador for Congress

Former Rep. Doug Ose, of Carmichael, has endorsed Republican candidate Tony Amador in the 11th Congressional District race.

Amador, who lives in Lodi, is battling Elizabeth Emken, of Danville, Brad Goehring, of Clements, and David Harmer, of San Ramon, in the June 8 Republican primary. The winner will take on Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the general election in November.

Ross Farrow

Brad Goehring gains pro-business endorsement

Republican Brad Goehring, who seeks to oust Democrat Rep. Jerry McNerney from his 11th Congressional District seat, announced that he has been endorsed by the Atlas Political Action Committee, a pro-business political action committee.

The Atlas PAC Endorsements Committee examines a candidate's dedication to advance a fiscally conservative, pro-business agenda, minimizing government regulation and taxation of individuals and businesses, eliminating wasteful government spending, and allowing the free market to reward initiative and entrepreneurship, according to Goehring's campaign.

Ross Farrow

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